Nights in the Gardens of Spain
David Munro has everything a man could wish for - a beautiful wife, two adoring daughters, a top academic position and a circle of devoted friends. But he also has another life - lived mainly at night and frequently in what he comes to know as 'The Gardens of Spain', the places where gay and bisexual men meet. Now he must choose which of his two lives to follow . . .
This landmark book is a radical departure from Witi Ihimaera's Maori novels and stories. Now in its third edition, Nights in the Gardens of Spain takes it readers along the precarious divide between sexuality and social mores, exploring the dilemmas of contemporary gay culture with anger and laughter, sensitivity and honesty.
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Review: Nights In The Gardens Of SpainUser Review - Elizabeth Heritage - Goodreads
I found this book to be a compelling, vivid portrait of what it was like to be a gay man in Auckland in the 1990s. Ihimaera's writing is honest, raw and graceful; and the plot of this fictionalised autobiography is both emotionally and narratively satisfying. Highly recommended. Read full review
Review: Nights In The Gardens Of SpainUser Review - Janet Tuck - Goodreads
This was my bookgroup read for this month. I wasn't keen to read it because of the explicit content. However I persevered. I found bits disturbing, but also appreciated the telling of a believable story. The word I would use to describe it is 'gritty'. Read full review